Onaqui Wild Horses of the West Desert

A mare and foalA mare and foal

I had such a marvelous time photographing the Onaqui herd with Ron and Wade that I just had to share more images from the day with the wild horses.  (The brand on the neck of the mare was placed there by the BLM)

Stallions Battle for breeding rightsStallions Battle for breeding rights

The west desert of Utah is a harsh environment but the herd is doing well there. It is dusty and dry in the summer and cold and snowy in the winter.

A calm moment for the Onaqui HerdA calm moment for the Onaqui Herd

The wild horses adapt to the changing seasons probably better than I do. They do make the scenery even more beautiful than it already is.  (yes, I think deserts are beautiful)

The future of the Onaqui HerdThe future of the Onaqui Herd

The BLM manages the land these horses graze on and the horses as well.

Wild Horses grazingWild Horses grazing

I hope to photograph this herd again some day soon because the horses and the desert are calling me.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing birds. My approach is to photograph the birds without disturbing their natural behavior. I don't bait, use set ups or call them in. I use Nikon gear and has multiple camera bodies and lenses.


  1. Just beautiful. In a very beautiful environment. And yes, those brands are toooooo b big.

  2. Thanks for sharing these images. I also enjoy seeing the wild burros in northern Nevada when I travel to Oregon on the secondary roads. Found this talley at blm.gov site:
    The Bureau of Land Management estimates that 40,605 wild horses and burros (about 33,780 horses and 6,825 burros) are roaming on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states, based on the latest data available, compiled as of February 28, 2013. Wild horses and burros have virtually no natural predators and their herd sizes can double about every four years. As a result, the agency must remove thousands of animals from the range each year to control herd sizes.

  3. Patty Chadwick

    The horses are magnificent, the desert is always beautiful, the brands are too damned big…can’t get enough of these incredible creatures…thanks!

  4. Jane Chesebrough

    Can brands get any bigger? I too enjoyed the photos of the horses, nice to see the “paints” or “pintos” there.All look healthy. Are they wild or runaways from ranches? I can understand why you would want to go back.

  5. Lovely wild horses, it’s a shame about the brand. But they one of your best

  6. I’m a horse lover from way back, so I really enjoyed these, Mia. I used to own a half thoroughbred-half QH filly which I broke myself.

  7. Great shots of the horses!

  8. It was a great time, Mia! Thanks for sharing your pictures. I read about a fire in Dugway yesterday. I hope they get it out quickly. And, I’m itching to head back out to see the horses, too. Let’s go!!

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